What is the carbon impact of my water usage?
We think it is really important that our customers are aware of how much water they use, the energy used to heat that water, how much it costs and the environmental impact of using that water. There are some really good reasons for this including helping our customers to reduce the size of their water bill and protecting water supplies, particularly as they come under pressure from the impacts of climate change. By encouraging everyone to use less water we can reduce our carbon footprint by reducing the energy we use in treating and distributing water and customers can reduce their carbon footprint by reducing the amount of water heated in the home.
We’ve teamed up with the Energy Saving Trust so that you can have access to the latest water, energy and money saving calculator on the market.- This calculator offers a detailed report of your family’s water usage in the home and garden and allows you to update your answers instantly so that you can see the impact on the cost if you were to reduce the number of baths a week and switch to showers instead.
You’ll be asked to select your water supplier when you enter the Energy Saving Trust’s calculator. Please use the drop down menu, scroll down to find United Utilities and select us. You can then carry on and see how water you can save by making some simple changes. To calculate your own water and carbon footprint, please visit the website.
What can you do!
Do you leave lights or central heating on when you're not in the house? We all have a part to play in tackling climate change and even the smallest change can help make a difference.
As much as 25 per cent of the UK's carbon dioxide emissions are as a direct result of the energy we use to heat and light our homes.
By being more energy efficient, we can help the environment and reduce emissions.
•Switch off unnecessary lights, don't leave the TV on standby
•Only boil the amount of water you need in the kettle
•Use cooler wash temperatures and full loads in washing machines
•Put aluminium foil behind radiators to reflect heat back into the room
•Stop heat escaping by draught-proofing all doors and windows
•Turn down your thermostat by one degree (or use one hour less heating a day)
•Change to energy efficient light bulbs – they use a quarter the energy of traditional light bulbs
•Cavity wall and loft insulation will help to stop heat loss of up to 35 per cent from escaping
Did you know?
If everyone in the UK turned off household appliances instead of leaving them on standby, the amount of electricity saved could equal the output of a traditional coal-fired power station.
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